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omecoming jn^ October 24-25, 200 

Dr. Randall J. Webb, '65, '66 


Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni: 

As I write this letter, we are beginning a new academic year at 
Northwestern. There is no doubt that this is going to be another 
outstanding year for the university. 

The new year should be especially noteworthy for the Louisiana 
Scholars' College as it returns to Morrison Hall and the Department 
of Family and Consumer Sciences which also returns to its old home 

after a two year absence. Each building has undergone a complete renovation and will provide 
our students with an outstanding facility to learn in. Both the Scholars" College and the 
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences have waited anxiously to return and will take full 
advantage of their facilities. 

We feel that enrollment will be strong this year Our faculty and staff have worked 
extremely hard to attract new students to Northwestern and those students who enroll are more 
prepared to succeed in the classroom. New. more stringent admissions standards are set to take 
effect in 2005. so we have shifted our focus to students who are prepared for the academic 
rigors of college when they arrive. 

Northwestern is proud to be the lead agency in a three-year. $600,000 grant from the 
National Science Foundation under its Partnerships for Innovation Program. The grant 
establishes the North Louisiana Partnership for Innovation (NLPI) and will bring together 1 1 
institutions of higher education in North Louisiana and the Biomedical Research Foundation of 
Northwest Louisiana to seek out technology opportunities from academia and business and 
industry. This is an exciting opportunity that could give North Louisiana a jump start and 
Northwestern is ready to take a leadership role in this effort. 

We are also expecting another banner year in athletics. All of our student-athletes and 
coaches work extremely hard and represent the university well on the field and in the 
classroom. A well-rounded athletic program is an important part of the university. I am proud 
that we have developed a program that seeks to be the best it can in all sports, yet never loses 
sight that the most important thing is to prepare our student-athletes for life after their playing 
days are over 

I hope you will be able to join us at Homecoming on Oct. 24-25. The Alumni Association 
has planned an enjoyable two days of activities. As president, I am also honored to induct this 
year's members of the NSU Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line. These five individuals, 
Lt. Gen. Joseph M. Cosumano, Jn, executive Grover Davis, journalist Gary Fields, attorney 
Theodore "Ted" L. Jones and nursing educator Dr. Patricia Thompson, embody many of the 
values Northwestern represents and show what a special place Northwestern is. 

Dr. Chris Maggio, '85, 
Director Alumni Affairs 


Dear Fellow Alumni and Friends: 
Go, ye Demons, take the field... 

For years students, alumni and supporters have been singing the 
NSU fight song as our beloved Demons compete against our arch 
rivals in athletic competition. We have been blessed with such a rich 

athletic tradition at Northwestern. The men and women who have participated in athletics have 
garnered regional, national and even international attention for our university. 

Oh, the stories that 1 have heard... Parker Wiggins scoring a touchdown in the State Fair 
Classic. Walter Ledet's phenomenal exploits on the playing field to distinguish himself as 
NSU's first All-American. The great 1953 Gulf States Champions Football team... 

I can almost hear the crowd cheering in the Men's Gym as John McConathy filled up the 
nets. Bernard "Tussie" Waggoner dazzled the crowd. Dick Brown slashing across the court or 
Coach "Red" Thomas letting the referees know that they were missing a good ball game. 

I was fortunate enough to witness our 400-meter relay team win the National 
Championship in 1981 in Baton Rouge cheering as my heart raced as fast as Mark Duper's legs 
were moving as he carried the baton across the finish line. I can still feel the chills of 
excitement as I entered the basketball arena in Dayton, Ohio to watch our NSU Demons take 
part in the 2001 NCAA Basketball tournament. These memories and the many, many more will 
never fade away. 

All of this said, 1 still feel the proudest for our Demon athletes when I sit in Prather 
Coliseum each December and May and watch as they walk across the stage, shake our 
President's hand and receive their degree from Northwestern State University. 

...and fight for dear old Demonland. 

Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of Northwestern 

State University 

Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Organized in 1884 

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Volume XIII Number 3 Fall 2003 

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President Dr B.L. Shaw 

Shreveport, 1955, 1960 

Vice President Jimmy Williams 

Winnfield, 1993 

Secretary-Treasurer Mike Sawrie 

Alexandria, 1972 

Executive Director Dn Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches, 1985, 1991 


Dane Broussard Houston.Texas 1986 

Jerry Brungart.... Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 

Tommy Chester. Arcadia, 1969 

Joe Cunningham, Jr ...Natchitoches, 1984 

Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974, 1975 

F. Allen Horton Jr.. New Iberia, 1957,1962 

Adrian Howard Arlington, Texas, 1989 

Carlos Jones Ruston, 1993 

Gail Jones Natchez, 1981, 1998 

Matt Koury. Leesville, 1995 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Carroll Long Tyler, Texas, 1970 

David Morgan Austin, Texas, 1973 

K. Michael Sawrie Alexandria, 1972 

Dr. B.L. Shaw. Shreveport, 1955, 1960 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964 

Ginger Wiggins Jackson, Miss., 1986 

Jimmy Williams Winnfield, 1993 


Greg Comeaux Lafayette 

SGA President 

The Alumni Columns is published in 

spring, summer, fall and winter 


Dr. Chris Maggio, 1985, 1991 


Jennifer Wilbanks Anderson, 1997 


Ericca Reynolds, 2000 

David West 

Doug Ireland, 1986 


Gary Hardamon 


Beth Mann, 1975 

NSU Press Publications Office 

Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commis- 
sion on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and 
Schools (1866 Southern Lane. Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; 
Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associate. Bac- 
calaureate, Master's, Specialist and Doctorate degrees. 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of Louisi- 
ana not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, 
sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational pro- 
grams, activities or employment practices. 

Demons in the Pros: A great tradition grows 

Whether watching TV in Tacoma or 
Thibodaux, New York City or 
Natchitoches, Dallas or Dubach, if you're 
a sports fan it's easier than ever to follow 
fellow Northwestern alumni. 

Last year, no less a baseball expert than Hall of Fame 
announcer Vin Scully was heaping praise on Lawrence's 
shoulders after he shut out the Los Angeles Dodgers. 
Lawrence later matched nine scoreless innings with future 
Hall of Fame left-hander Randy Johnson of the Arizona 
Diamondbacks. His best outing this year: a two-hit complete 
game shutout against Arizona, outdueling former Cy Young 
Award winner Curt Schillina. 

Consider this nifty two-night stretch of national 
television exposure: 

On Monday night. Aug. 4. there were two Demon football 
standouts in the spotlight of ABC's Monday Night Football 
when the Kansas City Chiefs met the Green Bay Packers in 
the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. 
Chiefs' starting left tackle Marcus Spears (No. 70) drew 
praise from analyst John Madden for his blocking skills. 
Madden also dished out accolades toward young Packers' 
backup quarterback Craig Nail (No. 16). who in 2002 led 
NSU to a monumental win at TCU and into the Division I-AA 
playoffs while setting the Demons' single-season passing 

The next night. Aug. 5. baseball fans 
around the nation saw Padres right- 
hander Brian Lawrence strike out 
slugging Sammy Sosa of the Chicago 
Cubs during an impressive six-inning 
stint in a game televised by cable giant 
WGN-TV. Lawrence (No. 50). the 
1998 Southland Conference Pitcher of 
the Year while helping the Demons 
win the conference championship, was 
San Diego's starting pitcher on 
Opening Day 2003 and has been their 
ace all this season, his second in the big 

Lawrence is the first Northwestern baseball player in a half- 
century to make it to the big leagues. The other Demon major 
leaguer was Jim Willis, who pitched two seasons for the 
Cubs in 1953-54. 

Of course, the lion's share of professional athletes produced 
at Northwestern have been football 
players. There are seven former Demons 
currently active in the National Football 
League, including Spears, a nine-year 
veteran, and Nail, who was the 2003 
All-NFL Europe QB after sparkling for 
the Scottish Claymores. 

Emerging as a star is fourth-year 
Chicago Bears safety Mike Green. The 
two-time Ail- 
American at 
NSU (1998-99) 

Mike Green 

was the final player chosen in the 
2000 NFL Draft, but defied the odds 
and made the cut. Last year. Green 
(No. 43) led all NFL defensive backs 
with 1 29 tackles. Like Green, fifth- 
year pro Kenny Wright of the 
Houston Texans wears No. 43 and is a 
Ruston native. 

Kenny Wright 

Brian Lawerence 

Wright, who played his first three 

years with Minnesota, scored a touchdown last year against 

Several Demon pro t'ooiball players were honored at a 1987 gathering (1-r): Ross Gwinn, Petey Perot. Glenn Talbert, Larry Robinson. Gary Reasons. 
Charlie Tolar. Wayne Walker, Charlie Hennigan. Sammy Joe Odom, Randy Walker. Ferrell Yarbrough and James Hall. 

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Pittsburgh on a fumble return. The group also includes Tony 
Taylor (No. 36), a third-year running back for the Super Bowl 
champion Tampa Bay Bucs; Nathan Black (No. 83), a 
second-year receiver for the Carolina Panthers; and rookie 
cornerback and punt returner Terrence McGee (also No. 24) 
of the Buffalo Bills. Taylor won't play this year after suffering 
a season-ending knee injury in an exhibition game in Japan. 

Northwestern has active pro athletes in three other sports, 
track and field, along with men's and women's basketball. 

There could be two NSU graduates competing in track and 
field for Team USA in the 2004 Olympic Games, following in 
the footsteps of the trailblazer, four-time Demon Ail-American 
triple jumper LaMark Carter, who reached the 2000 
Olympics in Sydney, Australia. After an injury ended his nine- 
year professional career, which included six USA 
championships and many trips around the globe. Carter has 
recently joined the Northwestern coaching staff under veteran 
mentor Leon Johnson. Filling Carter's shoes competitively 
has been Kenta Bell, who also won four All-America awards 
for NSU and recently was spotlighted by Track & Field News 
after winning the USA Outdoor title with a 57-8 1/2 leap, two 
inches shy of his personal record that was an American best in 
2002 and earned him a gold medal in the World University 
Games in Beijing, China. 

In fact, NSU is the answer to a track afficiando's trivia 
question: which university is the only one to produce two 57- 
foot American triple jumpers? 

Carter had a 57-8 lifetime best. 

The other potential Olympian just turned pro this summer after 
earning his business degree and winning All-America honors 
for the third fime in the men's javelin. Latrell Frederick 
finished second in the 2002 USA Championships with a 255-5 
throw, but suffered a career- threatening elbow injury that 
required surgery and an intense seven-month rehabilitation. He 
came back to win a third straight Southland Conference crown 
last spring and posted what as of mid-August is still the 
longest throw by an American in 2003, a 261-3 toss, before a 
knee injury curtailed his pro campaign in mid-summer. 

Speaking of trivia, there's the 
classic pro football puzzler 
involving Demons: which 
university is the only one to 
produce two NFL Rookies of 
the Year? NSU, of course, 
with the legendary Joe 
Delaney (Kansas City, 1981) 
and John Stephens (New 
England, 1988). 

They are two of a star- 
studded list of Northwestern 
products who played pro 

John Stephens 

Jackie Smith 

Headlining the Demons' NFL Alumni list is 1994 Pro Football 
Hall of Fame inductee Jackie Smith, whose 16-year NFL 
career was spent as a bone-jarring tight end for St. Louis and 
Dallas from 1963-78. 

There've been All-Pro stars going back to the dynamic 
Demons duo of Charlie Tolar and Charlie Hennigan for the 
old Houston Oilers from 1960-66. Hennigan, in fact, set a pair 
of pro football records for receptions in a season (101) and 

receiving yards in a season 
(1,746). The first record 
stood until Art Monk broke it 
in 1984, and the yardage 
mark remained until 1995 
when Jerry Rice and Isaac 
Bruce surpassed it. 

More recently, Northwestern 
turned out pro stars like 
Delaney, who played in the 
Pro Bowl as a rookie and two 
years later drowned in a 
heroic 1983 rescue attempt; 
All-Pro receiver Mark 
Duper, an 1 1 -year veteran 
with the Miami Dolphins; 
quarterback Bobby Hebert, 

Gary Reasons 

best known during a 1 3-year 
pro career as the passer who 
helped the New Orleans 
Saints become a winning 
team; linebacker Gary 
Reasons, a starter on two 
New York Giants Super 
Bowl championship teams; 
nine-year veteran cornerback 
Randy Hilliard, who won a 
Super Bowl ring with John 
Elway's Denver Broncos; 
eight-year pro Petey Perot, 

Petey Perot 

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an offensive guard for Philadelphia's 1981 Super Bowl team; 
and fullback Sidney Thornton, who won a pair of Super 
Bowl rings with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the late 1970s. 

Reasons and Delaney have been enshrined in the College 
Football Hall of Fame, taking a special place among the more 
than 60 Demons who have played at football's highest level. 

In basketball, NSU has had several NBA Draft selections, 
notably first-rounder John McConathy in 1953. Later. Billy 
Reynolds and Larry Terry had brief stints in the NBA, and 
now, there are six former Demons playing for pay in "minor" 
leagues or overseas. Lady Demon stars Linda Grayson and 
Pam Hudson had lengthy European pro careers and Joskeen 
Garner played in Europe as recently as last year. 

At least six former Demons are currently playing minor 
league baseball, hoping to join Lawrence in the big leagues. 
Former NSU teammate Brandon Emanuel is closest, 
pitching for the Class AAA Salt Lake City Seals, an affiliate 
of the World Series champion Anaheim Angels. 

In men's tennis, mid-1970s NSU All- American Ricardo 
Acuna was a successful player on the world tour, reaching the 
singles quarterfinals on the fabled grass courts at Wimbledon 
in 1985 and serving on the ATP Policy Board for several years 
until his retirement. 

Which current Northwestern competitors could expand NSU's 
professional athlete alumni chapter? It's impossible to say. but 
it's safe to predict that at least one or two competing for the 
Demons and Lady Demons in 2003-04 will have the chance to 
add to a rich Northwestern tradition. 

Listen to the Game 

Ever been out of radio range and 

unable to access, 

frustrated that you can't hear the 

Demon football broadcast? 

Or maybe you sat 

in the stands at a road game, 

wondering what NSU's radio crew 

had to say. 

Now, using your cell phone or a land line, 

our radio broadcast is 

always an easy phone call away. 

Check the "Listen to the Game" button on, 

or go directly to, 

and sign up for a subscription. 

NSU athletics benefits from each sale. 

Season tickets are just $90 with lower rates 

for shorter periods or single games. 

Coutee Scholarship Established 

Students at Northwestern State University will 
soon be able to benefit from a new scholarship set 
by Ellis and Melva Juanita Martinez Coutee of Baton 
Rouge. The endowed scholarship was created by a 
donation from the Coutees to the NSU Foundation 
and matching funds provided by the ExxonMobil 

"We are grateful for the continued generosity of 
Ellis and Melva Juanita Martinez Coutee which has 
had a positive impact on students at Northwestern." 
said NSU president Dr. Randall J. Webb.""SeN era! 
years ago. the Coutees set up an endowed scholarship 
to assist students. Their thoughtfulness has been an 
example to others and will encourage others including 
the recipients to do something to help others in the 

Ellis and Melva Juanita Martinez Coutee are both 
Northwestern alumni. Ellis Coutee, a 1960 graduate 
in accounting, is a native of Alexandria. While a 
student. Coutee was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon 
Fraternity, the Newman Club and was on the 
Interfraternity Council for two years. Coutee is a 
former senior revenue agent and life insurance 
specialist with the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 
He is in the consulting business with Coutee and 
Coutee Consultants. 

Melva Juanita Martinez Coutee earned a 
bachelor's degree in mathematics and business 
education in 1958 and a master's degree in 
mathematics in 1960. She was a member of Phi 
Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Math Club at 
Northwestern. A native of Zwolle, she is a former 
systems associate with Exxon. 

The scholarship is for an undergraduate student 
seeking a bachelor's degree in accounting, 
mathematics or nursing. The preference is for a 
student from Natchitoches. Rapides. Caddo, Bossier 
or Sabine Parish or the metropolitan Baton Rouge 
area. Recipients must maintain at least a 3.1 grade 
point average and earn at least 1 5 hours credit per 

"Words cannot express how much we appreciate 
the Coutees for helping us fulfill our goal of assisting 
NSU students financially." Director of Alumni Affairs 
Dr. Chris Maggio said. "Their generosity is an 
example of the many ways NSU alumni can give back 
to their alma mater." 

For more information on the scholarship, contact 
the NSU Foundation at (318) 357-4414. 

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Long Purple Line 

This year's inductees into the NSU Hall of Distinction, the 
Long Purple Line, inform us, protect our country or 
protect our health. They may also be involved in government 
or assisting businesses. Whatever their field, each inductee 
has built an impressive career. 

The inductees include Lt. Gen. Joseph M. Cosumano, Jr., executive 
Grover Davis, journalist Gary Fields, attorney Theodore "Ted" L. Jones and 
nursing educator Dr. Patricia Thompson. They will be honored during 
Homecoming activities Oct. 24-25. Sixty (60) Northwestern alumni have 
been inducted in to the Long Purple Line. 

Cosumano has been commanding general of the U.S. 
Army Space and Missile Defense Command and U.S. 
Army Space Command since April 2001. He earned a 
bachelor's and master's degree in industrial technology 
from Northwestern. 

Early in his career, Cosumano commanded a battery 
Lt. Gen Joseph M. Cosumano jn Germany aud two lu Korca. He has had several 
Washington, D.C. assignments including serving as staff officer in the 
Missiles Division of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Research and 
Development. Department of the Army and as chief of the Air and Missile 
Defense Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, 
Department of the Army. 

" I was elated to receive this honor. It was one of the highest honors I 
have received," said Cosumano. "It means a lot considering I have been 
away from Northwestern for so many years. Northwestern was a small 
college when I was there and the faculty was concerned with the individual. 
Northwestern gave me the foundation that allows me to tackle the technical 
challenges I face." 

Cosumano gave credit to former faculty member Raymond Christensen 
for helping him start his military career. 

"I remember Raymond Christensen and his basic concern for students," 
said Cosumano. "He had served in the military and 
talked about his service and how valuable it was. More 
than anything else he was concerned with giving 
students the foundation they needed to continue and do 
their best. Serving in the military was as enriching as 
Mr. Christensen said it would be." 

Davis is chairman and chief executive officer of 
Crawford & Company, the world's largest independent 
provider of diversified services to insurance 

companies, self-insured corporations 
and governmental entities. Crawford 
has 10,000 employees and more than 
700 offices in 65 countries. 

He joined Crawford & Company 
as an insurance adjuster in 1976 and 
began moving up in the company. 
Davis was named president and chief 
operating officer in 1999. 

"I was humbled and speechless 
to learn I was chosen," said 
Davis. ""I wondered if I was worthy 
of this. My association with 
Northwestern is something I value." 

Davis began attending NSU part- 
time while he was stationed at 
England Air Force Base in 
Alexandria. After taking classes on 
the base, he commuted to 
Natchitoches from Alexandria each 

"I tried taking classes and was 
blown away by the quality of the 
instructors," he said. "The quality of 
the instructors was superior. The 
level of attention I received gave me 
the incentive to travel 120 miles each 

Fields is a 
reporter for the 
Wall Street 
covering the 
U.S. Justice 

Grover IJavis 

Gary Fields 

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FBI. the Department of Homeland 
Security and other federal and local 
law enforcement agencies. He 
contributed to the stories that ran in 
the Journal on Sept. 12. 2001 which 
won the paper the Pulitzer Prize for 
breaking news. Fields worked for 
USA Today for nine years 
specializing in national crime issues. 
His coverage of church arsons 
helped lead to the establishment of a 
federal church arson task force. 

In 1997, he was named 
Journalist of the Year by the National 
Association of Black Journalists and 
was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize 
for his coverage of church arsons. 
Fields received a bachelor's in 
broadcast journalism and a master's 
in English literature from NSU. He 
also worked for the Washington 
Times and the Shreveport Times. 

"I was stunned and surprised 
when I learned I was selected. I 
actually called to see if they had the 
right person," said Fields. "I work 
with people who went to Harvard, 
Columbia and other well-known 
universities, and I am proud of 
Northwestern. It gave me everything 
I needed to succeed." 

Jones, a 
1958 graduate 
of Northwestern 
in accounting, 
economics and 
has been a 
attorney for 40 
years and has worked for governors 
John McKeithen, Edwin Edwards, 
U.S. Rep. Speedy O. Long and on 
the campaign staff of Vice President 
Hubert Humphrey in 1968. He also 
served as chief counsel for the U.S. 

Theodore "Ted" L. Jones 

Senate Finance Committee chaired 
by former Sen. Russell Long. 

For 24 years, Jones was general 
counsel for the Louisiana 
Democratic Party, a member of the 
Louisiana Democratic State Central 
Committee and national 
committeeman from Louisiana to the 
Democratic National Committee. An 
expert in legislative and 
administrative law and campaign 
law, Jones has represented and 
advised candidates and office holders 
at all levels of government. He has 
also represented a number of major 
corporations and the State of 
Louisiana in Washington, D.C. 

"When I came out of the Air 
Force, I knew what I had to do," said 
Jones. "It became clear to me that 
ideas and dreams are worthless 
without the education to transform 
them into reality. Northwestern 
answered my call and provided the 
challenge I was looking for and 
needed. The school echoed and re- 
echoed the message: knowledge is 
power, but you have to earn it." 

"There is not a single day that I 
do not use some of what I was taught 
at NSU. My years there made me 
appreciate and understand 
responsibility for one's duty to 
himself, his fellowman and his 
community. The fact that I would 
even be considered for the Long 
Purple Line fills me with an emotion 
that I am unable to put into words. I 
am most very grateful and deeply 
honored, humbled and appreciative 
of this lifetime recognition and 
significant honor." 

Dr. Patricia Thompson 

Thompson is 
a 1970 
graduate of 
NSU with a 
bachelor's in 
nursing. She 
earned a 
master's in 
pediatrics at 
the University of Alabama at 
Birmingham and a doctorate in 
higher education administration at 
the University of North Texas. 

From 1982-92 she was a member 
of the NSU College of Nursing 
faculty. She is currently an 
Associate Dean for Baccalaureate 
Education at the University of 
Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Of 
the 2.6 million nurses currently in 
the U.S., she is one of only 1,500 
that have been inducted as a Fellow 
into the American Academy of 

Thompson is immediate past 
president of Sigma Theta Tau 
International, the Honor Society of 
Nursing with over 260,000 members 
worldwide. She has been credited 
with providing leadership nationally 
and internationally that influences 
practice, education, and policy. Her 
scholarship includes numerous 
presentations, publications and 

"I am absolutely honored, 
pleased and excited to receive this 
honor," said Thompson. "I think a lot 
about Northwestern and to be 
recognized in this way is wonderful. 
The education I received at 
Northwestern was excellent. My 
foundations in nursing leadership 
occurred there." 

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Thursday, October 23 
NSU Retirees Reception 

3-4 p.m. - Family & Consumer Science Building 

(Upstairs Dining Room) 

Reception for all Northwestern Retirees. 

Friday, October 24 

Homecoming Golf Tournament 

Recreation Complex - Come participate in the 
annual golf scramble on the 18-hole golf course for 
$50 per player (includes golf cart and lunch by 
Coach Gene Knecht). Tee time is at 1 :00 p.m. and 
lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m. Reservations 
can be made by calling Hall Adams at the NSU 
Recreation Complex at 318-357-3207. 

Alumni Association Board Meeting 

10:00 a.m. Room 221, Student Union. Annual 
Board of Directors meeting open to the public. 

NSU Foundation Board Meeting 

1:30 p.m. Cane River Room, Student Union. Open 
to the public. 

Homecoming Parade 

5:00 p.m. (approx.) - Campus/Town Annual 
Homecoming Parade for both the Northwestern and 
Natchitoches communities. Begins at Prather 
Coliseum and ends at the Downtown Riverbank. 
Pep rally on the Riverbank will follow parade. 


5:45 p.m. -6:45 p.m. - President's Home. 

By Invitation Only. 

Honoring Alumni Board, Foundation Board, 

Distinguished Faculty Recipients, Long Purple 

Line Recipients, President's Distinguished Service 

Award Recipient. 

Homecoming Banquet 

7:00 p.m. - Student Union Ballroom 
Annual banquet honoring Long Purple Line 
Recipients, the President's Distinguished Service 
Award Recipient, Distinguished Faculty Award 
Recipients and N-Club Inductees. Tickets are $15 
per person and can be purchased at the Alumni 
Center or by calling 357-4414 or 888-799-6486. 
Social prior to the banquet will be held from 6:30- 
7:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Student Union. 

Alpha Zeta Chapter of Tri Sigma 75'" 
Anniversary Reception 

7:00 p.m. - Prudhomme Roquier House 

For more information, call Reatha Cox @ 357- 

5559or Jennifer Anderson @ 357-4179. 

Saturday, October 25 
College of Education Reunion 

8:00 a.m. -Teachers Education Building 
All graduates of the College of Education are 
invited to attend a breakfast that will honor the 
inductees of the College's Hall of Distinguished 
Educators. For more information, call (318) 357- 
4414 or 888-799-6486. 

University Bookstore Open 

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Student Union 

Go by the bookstore and buy all of your NSU 


N-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 

10 a.m. - Prather Coliseum 

Family & Consumer Science Building 
Open House 

10:00 a.m. - 1 2:00 noon - FACS Building 
Stop by and see the newly renovated FACS 
Open for tours. 

Alpha Zeta Chapter of Tri Sigma 
Open House 

10:00 a.m. - 1 1:30 a.m. - Lodge on Greek Hill 
Open for tours. 

College of Business Alumni Brunch 

1 1 :00 a.m. - Natchitoches Room, Russell Hall 
All graduates of the College of Business are invited 
to attend a brunch that will honor inductees of the 
College's Hall of Distinction. For more 
information, call (318) 357-5161. 

Alpha Zeta Chapter of IVi Sigma Tailgating 

1 1 :30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Tailgating Field 
Look for the Tri Sigma Tent. 

Alumni Tailgating 

1 1 :30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Tailgating Field 
The Alumni Association will be serving plate 
lunches for $5 per person. All NSU Alumni are 
invited to come by tent and grab something to eat 
before the game. It will be a great time to visit 
with friends you haven't seen in a while. 

Tailgating Activities 

1 1 :30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Tailgating Field adjacent 
to Turpin Stadium. Various groups, including the 
Greek organizations, N-Club and College of 
Education will be tailgating prior to the football 

1953 Football Team Reunion 

12:00 Stroud Room, Athletic Fieldhouse 

1953 Swim Team Reunion 

12:00 Stroud Room, Athletic Fieldhouse 

Pregame Activities 

2:00 p.m. - Turpin Stadium 

Enjoy the pre-game show by the Spirit of 

Northwestern Marching Band and other game day 


Homecoming Game vs. Nicholls State 

2:30 p.m. - Turpin Stadium 

Halftime Ceremonies 

4:00 p.m. (approx.) - Turpin Stadium 

Band Alumni Party (members only) 

5:30 p.m. (approx.) - Alumni Center 

Entertainers Reunion Reception 

5:30 p.m. (approx.) -Student Union Ballroom 

Purple Pizzazz Pom Pon Line Reunion 
Reception (members only) 

5:30 p.m. (approx.) - Alumni Center 

Postgame Reception for Homecoming Court 

5:30 p.m. (approx.) - Steve and Lori Stroud 
Hospitality Room, Athletic Fieldhouse 
(by invitation only) 

N-Club Activities (members only) 

5:30 p.m. (approx.) - Shriners' Club 

"Boogie on the Bricks" 

7:00 p.m. (approx.) - Front Street 
Join Demon fans in the Historic District for live 
music, food an drink as Natchitoches puts on its 
best for the Demons! Enjoy the sounds of Johnny 
Earthquake and the Moondogs. 

Other Homecoming Activities 
5K "Run for Richard" 

Annual 5K run to benefit the Richard Ware 
Scholarship Fund. For more information, please 
call Charlie Vienne at 357-4295. 

Catholic Student Organization 

For more information, please call Don Barker at 
357-5901 or email at 

Pi Kappa Phi Founders Group Reunion 

For more information, please call the NSU Alumni 
Center at 357-4414 or 1-888-799-6486. 


Alumni Columns Fall 2003 / 6 

Alumni News 

Homecoming Events, Catch the Action 

NSU Retirees Reception 

All Northwestern retirees are invited to the annual reception, 
which will be held at the newly renovated Family and 
Consumer Science Building from 3-4 p.m. This will give 
retirees the chance to relive the good times they had at 
Northwestern and pass that tradition down to current students 
and faculty. 

Homecoming Golf Tournament 

NSU alumni and friends who love to golf can participate in the 
annual golf scramble on the 1 8-hole golf course for $50 per 
player. This includes a golf cart and lunch provided by Coach 
Gene Knecht. Lunch will be served at 12 p.m. and tee time is 
at 1 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling Hall Adams at 
the NSU Recreation Complex at (318) 357-3207. 

Homecoming Banquet 

Mark your calendar to attend the annual Homecoming 
Banquet in the Friedman Student Union Ballroom at 7 p.m. Be 
sure to congratulate the recipients of the Long Purple Line, the 
President's Distinguished Service Award and the N-Club 
Inductees. There will be a social prior to the banquet held 
from 6:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Friedman 
Student Union. 

College of Education Reunion 

Graduates of the College of Education are invited to attend a 
breakfast that will honor the inductees of the College's Hall of 
Distinguished Educators. The breakfast will be at 8 a.m. in the 
Teachers Education Building. 

N-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 

Everyone is invited to attend the N-Club Hall of Fame 
Induction Ceremony. The purpose of this ceremony is to 
recognize those individuals who have distinguished 
themselves in the field of intercollegiate athletics at NSU 
either by virtue of their performance on athletic teams 
representing the university or by meritorious efforts on behalf 
of the athletic programs at the university. The ceremony will 
be at 10 a.m. in the Stroud Room. 

1953 Football Team/1953 Swim Team Reunion 

The NSU Alumni Association and the NSU Athletic 
Association team up to host the Golden Anniversary Reunion 
of the 1953 football team, better known as "the greatest team 
that ever won G.S.C. title at NSC." The reunion will be held 
in conjunction with the 1953 Swim Team reunion Saturday, 
October 25 at 10 a.m. in the Stroud Room of the Field House. 

Entertainers Reunion Reception 

The NSU Alumni Association will host a reunion for The 
Entertainers. Be sure to come by and reminisce about the 
annual performances for the Red River Revel, State Fair 
Games and the Natchitoches Christmas Festival. The reunion 
will be held Saturday, October 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the Friedman 
Student Union Ballroom. 

Family and Consumer Science Building Open House 

All alumni and friends are invited to see the newly renovated 
and state of the art Family and Consumer Science Building. 
The building will be open and tours are available. 

College of Business Alumni Brunch 

All graduates of the College of Business are invited to attend a 
brunch that will honor inductees of the College's Hall of 
Distinction. This honor is reserved for alumni and faculty who 
have distinguished them selves through professional success, 
philanthropic endeavors, and/or outstanding service to their 
alma mater. The brunch will be at 1 1 a.m. in the Natchitoches 
Room of Russell Hall. 

Alumni Tailgating 

Looking for good friends and delicious food? The Alumni 
Association will be serving plate lunches for $5 per person. 
What a great way to catch up with old friends! 

Tri Sigma 

Alumni are welcomed to join in the celebration of the 75* 
anniversary of the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Tri Sigma. Activities 
will begin Friday, October 24 with a reception at the 
Prudhome Roquier House from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. On 
Saturday morning, there will be an open house of the Alpha 
Zeta Lodge and tailgating before the game beginning at 
11:30 a.m. 

Boogie on the Bricks 

Too excited to go home after the game? Join Demon fans 
downtown Natchitoches for live music, food and drinks! 
Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs with help you dance the 
night away! 

Catholic Student Organization Reunion 

Join current members of the CSO as they honor longtime CSO 
supporters Walter Ledet, Marietta Lebreton, and the late Elise 
James. Come celebrate with us in our reunion reception and 


Alumni Columns Fall 2003 / 7 

Alumni Events 


Annie Reed ('49), Mary 
Jo Gautreaux O'Quin 
('49) and Kathryn 
Doughty Breithaupt 
('48) enjoyed time 
together at the 50+ 
Reunion this spring. 

Betty Johnston, Richard Johnston 
('50), Arnold Kilpatricic ('49) and 
Juanita Cardozier Kilpatrick ('49) 
visited during the luncheon for the 
50+ graduates. 


Chester O'Quin ('49) and John 
W. Davis ('48) swapped stories 
at the 50+ Reunion during the 
Golden Jubilee. 

Ryan Robertson ('99), 
Richard Armstrong ('01) 
and Jason St. Germain ('02) 
enjoyed food and fun at the 
Baton Rouge reception held 
in conjunction with the 
Louisiana High School 
Coaches Association 

Tony ( 73) and Liz ( '70) Carter attended the annual 
reception held in conjunction with the Louisiana 
High School Coaches Association Conference in 
Baton Rouge. 

Joe Stephenson ('75) and his wife Gail 
Sweeney Stephenson ('76) visited with 
other Baton Rouge alumni during a 

Alumni Columns Fall 2003 / 8 

Alumni Events 


Malcolm Rene" ("92). Mike Gallien 
("81). Alison Bulot ("02) and Brad 
Miller ('98) were among the Houston 
alumni at the annual crawfish boil. 






onnette Golf 

The Bonnette family 
gathered for a fun day of 
golf with NSU alumni and 
friends during the annual 
Buddy Bonnette Golf 

I Byrne ('48) and Anne Wilson 
I visited with other Houston alumni 
I at the crawfish boil. 


Valeria Kelly ("75). Dr. Thomas 
Hennigan ("51) and Mary Walker 
display a book donated to the book 
auction at the library science 
^ reunion. Proceeds of the auction 

■^ went to the Dorathy Nickey Libran. 

. Science Scholarship Fund. 

I ielen Sorrell ( '60) and Leola Loftin ( "39) visited during the 
annual library science reunion. 

Don Purser ("69) and Tomiii\ McGinnis enjoyed visiting at 
the annual Winnfield alumni reception. 

Alumni Columns Fall 2003 / 9 

Campus News 

Endowed Scholarships Provide 
Significant Opportunities for NSU 

Northwestern student athletes are representatives in the 
classroom as well as on a playing field or court. This is 
enhanced by the commitment of Northwestern alumni who 
generously give to back to NSU by endowing athletic 

NCAA rules and regulations stipulate a maximum number 
of scholarships that can be awarded in each of the 14 sports 
sponsored by NSU. NSU Athletic Director Greg Burke feels 
that enabling NSU's coaches to offer the full limit of 
scholarships in their respective sport helps from a competitive 
perspective and brings more young people to NSU. 

Keeping up with the rising costs of scholarships is a 
challenge. Endowed scholarships help overcome this hurdle. 
NSU's athletic scholarship budget has risen by more than 
$400,000 since Burke became NSU's athletic director in 1996. 
Fourteen of the 18 endowed athletic scholarships have given 
in the past 6 years. 

"NSU is extremely grateful to those whose commitment, 
through a permanently endowed scholarship fund, better 
secures the financial foundation of its athletic program and 
allows NSU to continue offering scholarships at the maximum 
limit in every sport," said NSU Athletic Director Greg Burke. 
"More importanily, the educational and athletic opportunities 
provided to quality young people through these endowments 
are so significant." 

Three endowed scholarships reflect a variety of reasons 
for giving to the NSU athletic program. 

The fully endowed Dan and Lilly Chase Athletic 
Scholarship is a reflection of the love and dedication the 
former students have for each other as well as Northwestern 
and its athletics program. Dan Chase, a former NSU football 
player, is the chairman and CEO of Dan Chase Taxidermy 
Supply Co, Inc, The Chases live in Baton Rouge where they 
frequently open their home for NSU alumni events. 

When Pauline Jobe was an athlete over 50 years ago, her 
participation in college athletics was limited. Northwestern 


has since seen growth to eight women's sports. With this 
increase came a greater need for scholarship opportunities. 
Jobe took a giant step toward meeting that need when she 
established the Pauline Jobe Scholarship for Women, the first 
endowment to benefit a young woman each year. Jobe is a 
1942 NSU graduate. She worked for Exxon Company for 42 
years and still lives in Baton Rouge. 

The Charlie Ragus Athletic Scholarship continues Ragus's 
life-long commitment to health and sports. Ragus was the 
founder of AdvoCare International, a line of leading-edge 
nutritional products that are used and endorsed by world-class 
athletes including Steve McNair, Jim Miller, Suzy Powell, 
Ward Burton and Kyle Petty. AdvoCare also provides life- 
changing programs such as DebtBuster and Leadership 2000 
to help participant change their life and pulling themselves out 
of debt and developing leadership skills. Ragus was an NSU 
football player who played professionally for the Kansas City 

Scholarships can be funded in the following ways- 
through an outright gift, life income gift, bequests included in 
wills or through life insurance. Also, scholarships can be 
funded over a muki-year time period. The size of each athlefic 
scholarship fund determines the amount of annual funding 
which is provided towards the cost of a grant-in-aid. 

"Ideally, it would be beneficial to have an endowment 
from which income alone each year underwrites the cost of all 
scholarships," Burke said.""If this were to occur, the nearly $1 
million that the athletic program currently spends for 
scholarships could be redirected to other avenues which would 
enhance the athletic program. 

"A fund of this kind would guarantee NSU's ability to 
always offer athletics scholarship to the full limits allowed by 
the NCAA." 

For more information on creating an endowed scholarship 
please contact Charlie Vienne, assistant athletic director for 
external relations at (318) 357-4295. 


.services for 
former Northwestern 
State Dean of Students 
Dudley Gilbert Fulton, 
Sr. were held Friday, 
Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. at 
First United Methodist 
Church in 
Dudley Gilbert Fulton Natchitoches. 

Fulton, 88, died Sunday, August 17. He 
donated his body to medical research. 

Fulton was dean of students at 
Northwestern for 23 years and was 
instrumental in beginning the master's 
program in student personnel services. He 
was co-founder of the Blue Key National 
Honor Fraternity at NSU. 

A native of Baker, Fulton grew up in 
Campti. He was a 1935 graduate of Louisiana 
State Normal College (now Northwestern), 
Fulton earned a master's degree at Louisiana 

State University. Fulton went to work at 
Northwestern in 1948 as associate director of 
student personnel and also served as director of 
student personnel. 

He was listed in Who's Who in American 
College and University Administrators. After 
retiring as dean of men, he taught psychology at 
NSU for three years. In addition, he was 
principal at Natchitoches Academy. Fulton was a 
retired lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy 
with service in World War II. 

The university honored him by establishing 
the Dean Fulton Award. The award, which is not 
given every year, is presented to a student, staff 
or faculty member at Northwestern whose 
meaningful contributions to Northwestern are in 
the high traditions of selflessness and service 
established by Fulton. 

In 2000, Fulton was inducted into the NSU 
Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, 
the Rev. Jessie Ben Fulton and Dora Barr 

Fulton; brothers J.B. Fulton and Clyde B. 
Fulton; sisters Alma Kellum and Ina 
Holstead; first wife Ruby Chandler Fulton 
and second wife Mary Legendre Cloutier 
Fulton. Survivors include a brother, Fred C. 
Fulton of West Monroe; a sister, Daisy 
Bergeron of Shreveport; two children, Dudley 
(Dee) Gilbert Fuhon, Jr of Minden and 
Susan Fulton Odabas of Turkey; and six step- 
children, C. Edgar Cloutier III of New 
Orleans, Elise Cloutier of Annapolis, Md., 
Lynn Cloutier Dixon of Black Rock, Ark., 
Lou Cloutier Whitehead of Hattiesburg, 
Miss., and Amy Cloutier Hough and William 
Pierre (Bill) Cloutier of Natchitoches, 15 
grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. 

Honorary pallbearers will be members 
of the Ramada Inn Coffee Club. 

Donations can be made in his memory 
to the Dean Dudley G. Fulton Scholarship 
Fund at Northwestern State University. 

Alumni Columns Fall 2003 / 10 

Campus News- 

North western sees tremendous 
growth in women's athletics 

Thirty years ago, crowds weren't big 
for the limited women's athletics 
events at Northwestern and media 
attention was almost nonexistent. But 
through hard work and perseverance, 
women's athletics has become a vital 
part of the athletic program. 

NSU's women's athletics program 
has grown to eight sports and provides 
each coach with the full allotment of 
scholarships allowed by the NCAA. 
Northwestern's commitment to women's 
athletics has paid off. The women's 
soccer program is aiming for its third 
trip to the NCAA Tournament in four 
years while the softball team won three 
straight conference titles. In women's 
basketball, the Lady Demons have won 
two conference titles and beaten teams 
such as Notre Dame, Clemson, Iowa and 
Texas A&M. The women's outdoor track 
team produced its first Ail-American 
this past season. 

"We make strides in improving all 
of our programs each year. It is 
something we are committed to," said 
athletic director Greg Burke. "We do 
gender equity reports each year and we 
have a lot to put in them in terms of 
progress. Attention is paid to women's 
programs and we want to continue 
providing better opportunities." 

But the women's program was far 
from stable and received meager support 
in the early 1970's. 

"When we went on the road, we 
rode in university station wagons and 
had to pay for our own rooms and food." 
said Dr. Patricia Pierson, a former 
women's basketball player and head 
coach who is now head of NSU's 
Department of Family and Consumer 
Sciences. "We've come a long, long way 
since then." 

Pierson was the first woman in 
Louisiana to receive an athletic 
scholarship. In 1974, Northwestern 
funded half scholarships for women's 
basketball and volleyball players. She 
credited former president Dr. Arnold 
Kilpatrick and vice president for 
business affairs Loneta Graves for 
helping the program advance. 

"They had a lot of vision," said 
Pierson. "Offering athletic scholarships 
to women wasn't popular. Northwestern 
was pioneering in this area." 

Northwestern added tennis in 1978 
Softball in 1979, indoor and outdoor 
track and cross country in 1986 and 
soccer in 1996. And in that time, the 
university has increased coaching staffs 
and improved facilities. The softball 
field got lights in 1999 and a project has 

begun to raise money to put lights on the 
soccer field by next season. 

"Our goal is to be the best in the 
conference," said senior women's 
administrator Julie Lessiter, a former 
member of NSU's women's track, cross 
country and tennis teams. "We put a 
great deal of care into providing as 
much as we can for the women's 
programs, which includes promoting the 

One object of pride for the women's 
programs is their strong performance in 
the classroom. Last fall, each women's 
team had an average grade point average 
of at least 3.05. 

"That kind of performance is 
phenomenal," said Lessiter, who is also 
the Athletic Department's academic 
advisor. "The female athletes have a 
clearer perspective and work to earn a 

Students provide a Hnk between athletes and administration 

Student-athletes have an easy way to answer questions or 
concerns that may develop while they are playing at 
Northwestern. The university has developed a Student-Athlete 
Advisory Council (SAAC) to serve as an liaison between 
student-athletics and the athletic administration. 

The council includes two members from each athletic 
team at NSU and meets monthly during the fall and spring 

"It is beneficial for us to have a place to bring our 
concerns," said Cathy Herring, a council member who is on 
the Northwestern volleyball team. "If anyone has a problem, 
they can bring it to us and (senior women's administrator) 
Julie (Lessiter) or (athletic director) Mr. (Greg) Burke will try 
to take care of it." 

According to Lessiter, the advisory council is a quick way 
to get information to student-athletes who have varying 
practice and game schedules. 

"We keep them up to date on new NCAA legislation, the 
university's gender equity plan, NCAA certification and our 
miniority plan," she said. "We also use it as our vehicle to 
perform community service. The members of the council can 
also go back to their team and tell them what is going on 
within the department." 

The council has also helped student-athletes look beyond 
their own sports. 

"We all have a better understandng of what goes on in 
other sports and why certain things happen." said council 
member Camila Prado, a sophomore from Call, Columbia, 
who is on the women's tennis team. "We understand the 
priorities and .see how the department works." 

Student-athletes may sometimes hear misleading 
information about another sport and the council gives them an 
easy way to get accurate information and relay it to their 

"The council was able to find out what was happening at 
the track along with other issues," said Herring, a senior from 
Hammond, Ind. "We also learned about fund raising and 
where the money goes." 

Prado says the council helped the tennis team address a 
problem that the administration was not aware of. 

"We had problems with the lights and the wind screen at 
the tennis complex, but we didn't know where to go to solve 
the problem," said Prado. "It was brought up at a meeting and 
was taken care of" 

Lessiter said the SAAC helps Northwestern have a better 
athletic program. 

"We want their opinion and for the voice of the student- 
athlete to be heard," said Lessiter, a Northwestern alumnus 
who was a member of the women's track and tennis team. "It's 
an important line of communication for us." 

Alumni Columns Fall 2003 / 1 1 

Class Notes/Profiles 


Odessa Margarite Gremillion Ducote is 
retired and lives in Baton Rouge. 


Melba I. Pennington Bray is a retired teacher 
and lives in Many. 

Melva Ash Mayson Maxey retired from the 
Calcasieu Parish School Board and lives in 
Lake Charles. 


Jesse W. Crooks is the executive director of 
Jesse Crooks Ministries, married and lives in 
Thomasville, N.C. 

Robbie Sue McNaughton Williams-Soileau 
is a consultant dietitian and nutritionist. She 
is married and lives in Lake Charles. 

Sharon Corbell Bodkin is retired, married 
and lives in Nordland, Wash. 


(DeDe) Louise Desiree Hudson Anderson is 
employed the U.S. Air Force as a 
confidential assistant to the secretary of the 
air force. She is married and lives in 
Arlington, Va. 

Ronald Perry is the step-up operator for 
ExxonMobil Refining and Supply Company 
and the minister of music at his church. He 
lives in Baton Rouge. 


Mary L. Williams Gaudet is a retired teacher 
and lives in El Paso, Texas. 


Ms. Margie Jules is a retired teacher and 
lives Fair Haven, Mich. 


Betsy Nina Smith Morris is a free-lance 
writer and lives in Green Bay, Wis. 


Walter E. Butler Jr is a retired U.S. Army 
Major, married and lives in San Antonio. 


James Kenneth Howard is a retired school 
teacher and osteo researcher. He is married 
and lives in Shreveport. 


Harvey Gerald Cook retired from U.S. Steel 
in Baytown, Texas. He is married to Mary 
Ann Cook ('57) and lives in Brenham, 


Ida Anne Torrans is a retired professor and 
lives in Shreveport. 


Carl O. Speed is a retired school 
administrator and owner of Speed Insurance. 
He is married and lives in Hammond. 


Patricia (Patsy) Sue Johnson Salard is a staff 
nurse for the East Baton Rouge Council on 
Aging. She is married and lives in Jackson. 


Warren Taylor Price Jr. is employed by the 
Department of Health and Hospitals as the 
assistant secretary in the Office of Mental 
Health. He is married to Frances Storey 
Price ('63) and lives in Ethel. 

Kent M. Willoughby is a ski instructor at 
Vail Resorts and lives in Silverthorne, Colo. 


Ron L. Jinkins is employed at Gallon 
Petroleum as a geologist. He is married to S. 
Kay Brewer Jinkins ('65) and lives in 
Natchez, Miss. 

Heinz Faber is the principal engineer at Bell 
Helicopter Textron and lives in Colleyville, 


Eva Nell Hampton Clark retired from the 
Caddo Parish School Board as an elementary 
supervisor and lives in Shreveport. 

Henry Hugh Joyner is retired, married and 
lives in Beaumont, Texas. 


Kim Gardiner is a quality assurance manager 
at LSU and lives in Baton Rouge. 

Kathy McCown Lester is currently director 
of special education in the Dallas 
Independent School District. 

Ralph Edward Stapleton is director of 
logistics for the Louisiana National Guard in 
Pineville. He is married to Donna Merchant 
Stapleton ('70) and lives in Oakdale. 


Gary Woods is the biomedical account 
manager for Patriot Medical, The Physicians 
Centre. He is married and lives in Bryan, 

Susan M. Guimbellot Sturdivant is a teacher 
at Winnfield Primary School, married and 
lives in Winnfield. 


Peggy Dawn Giddens Ivins is a teacher at 
Vivian Middle Magnet and lives in Vivian. 


Cynthia A. DeCoux Stone is a learning 
support specialist at the American School in 
Japan, Tokyo, Japan. She is married and 
lives in Glen Allen, Va. 

Ronald (Ron) Dale Carson is a charge nurse 
at Lifecare Hospital in Shreveport and lives 
in Bossier City. 


Bill Hochstetler is a financial advisor for 
Edward Jones Investment and lives in 


Charlie Grau retired from the Navy after 25 
years of service. He is a logistics program 
manager for the First Naval Construction 
Division in Norfolk, Va., married and lives 
in Virginia Beach, Va. 


Denise Duvall is a contracting officer for the 
Naval Facilities Engineering Command 
Southwest Division and lives in San Diego, 


Adrienne Lea Broadwater is employed at 
Nortel Networks in Technical Training for 
IMS/CSE MX and lives in Richardson, 

Walter Murrell Walker Jr. is a senior Army 
Instructor (JROTC) at Grant High School, 
married and lives in Colfax. 


Leigh Wood Jonson is the vice-principal at 
Franklin Academy, married and lives in 

Rev. Ruby Margurite Harper Burns is the 
volunteer director of pastoral care at Laurel 
Pregnancy Center, married and lives in 
Burtonsville, Md. 


Matthew Laccheo is a senior auditor for 
Defense Contract Audit Agency and lives in 
Newport News, Va. 

Carlos Zamora is retired the United States 
Air Force and the Postal Service. He is 
married and lives in Haughton. 

Gerald W. Fontenot is a self-employed oil 
field consultant and lives in Eunice. 

Alumni Columns Fall 2003 / 12 

Class Notes/Profiles 

Karen Steinmetz Myers is the supervisor of 
managed care services at Cambridge 
Integrated Services, married and lives in 
Garland, Texas. 


Rob Medlin is a regional sales manager for 
National Panel Systems, married and lives in 
Corinth, Texas. 


Sydney Forrester is a financial analyst for 
International Paper and lives in Moscow, 

Tracy Elizabeth Bedell is a professor at 
Johnson County Community College and 
lives in Lawrence, Kan. 


Durelle Black Fullenkamp is a retired U.S. 
Air Force Lt. Col., married and lives in 
Dayton, Ohio. 


Daphne Cassandra Douglas Bemestine is a 
manager at Arrow Metal Stamping Co. Inc., 
married and lives in Compton, Calif. 

Anthony Wann is an acquisition officer at 
the Pentagon, married and lives in Burke, 

Bertha Maxie is a commissioned officer in 
the United States Army and lives in 
Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Jonnette (Ruthie) Eitel Book is a domestic 
engineer. She is married to Dr. Gregory W. 
Book ('91) and lives in Phoenix, Ariz. 


Brenda Reed Nelson is an element chief with 
the medical surgical unit at Eglin Air Force 
Base, married and lives in Mary Ester, Fla. 


Farnetta Faye Green-Sowell is clinic 
manager at The National Center for 
Addictive Disorders and lives in 

Eben Gallent Cook is employed at Rapides 
Regional Hospital as a nurse anesthetist. He 
is married to Angela Lacour Cook ("95) and 
lives in Alexandria. 

Crell Anthony Sikorsky, MED, CSCS is an 
exercise physiologist employed with the 
J.C.C, N.O.L.T.C. and M.P.C.D.H.S. in New 
Orleans. He is also certified through USATF 
as an official and lives in Kenner. 

Emma Ellerman 
Boozman '76 & '79 


NSU alumnus Emma Ellerman 
Boozman continues a tradition of 
creating fine basketball players by 
taking what she learned on 
Northwestern's basketball court and 
using it at Natchitoches Central High 

Boozman traveled all over Natchitoches Parish before 
landing where she is today. After graduating from NSU in '76 
with a bachelor's in health and physical education, Boozman 
taught and coached at Fairview Alpha High School while 
completing her master's in physical education. A school 
consolidation took her to Campti High School in 1981. 

At Campti, now known as Lakeview High School, her team 
won back-to-back state championships. In 1987, Boozman 
moved on to NCHS where she now teaches physical education 
and coaches girls'basketball. 

Boozman was part of a new beginning at Northwestern in 
women's athletics where she played basketball and volleyball. 

"I have wonderful memories of NSU," Boozman said. "I 
was one of the first women to receive a scholarship to play at 
Northwestern. Title IX was just starting. We were instrumental 
in where the program was going. Back then, NSU was one of 
only two schools to have women's basketball in the state. We 
were on the ground floor as far as getting the program going and 
beginning our careers." 

Boozman, a member of the Graduate 'N' club, is proud that 
she studied at Northwestern and feels that being a student at 
NSU gave her an edge when she began her career. 

"NSU had the best health and physical education department 
in the state and in the area," she said. "I had a great education 
that prepared me to become a teacher and coach." 


Join the Graduate "N" Club 

The Northwestern State University Graduate "N" Club is comprised of 
former Northwestern athletes who support the university, its athletes and 
athletic programs. If you are a lettered athlete and would like to become 
a member of the Graduate "N" Club, please contact Gil Gilson at (318) 
677-3141 or via e-mail at 

Alumni Columns Fall 2003 / 13 

Class Notes/Profiles . 

Walter Brett Harris is a senior software 
engineer at GHG Corporation. He is married 
and lives in Seabrook, Texas. 

Dr. Gregory Ward Book is a senior engineer 
and project manager at Intel Corporation. 
He is married to Ruthie Book ('88) and lives 
in Phoenix, Ariz. 


Carletta Danene Anthony Jones is a fourth 
grade teacher at Provencal Elementary 
School. She is married and lives in 

Yalaunda Yvette Toliver Taylor is an 
elementary school teacher and lives in 
Memphis, Tenn. 

Patricia Lord Terry is a registered nurse at 
the University Medical Center. She is 
married and lives in Las Vegas, Nev. 

Michael Rowley is a computer operations 
specialist at the University of Texas at 
Austin. He is the webmaster, sings in the 
choir and serves on the finance and witness 
committees at Grace United Methodist 
Church. He lives in Austin, Texas 


Jeff L. Powell is employed by Texas Parks 
and Wildlife as a state game warden in Ellis 
County and lives in Waxahachie, Texas 

Dana Darlene Norsworthy Permenter is 
employed by Louisiana Department of 
Wildlife and Fisheries as a wildlife educator. 
She is married and lives in Columbia. 


Laurie Ann Coco Moreau is a controller at 
American Gateway Bank, married and lives 
in Port Allen. 

Brian Brown '90 

Brian Brown, 1990 NSU graduate, has 
taken life skills learned at Northwestern 
and uses them as the assistant men's cross 
country/track and field coach at Drake 

"I can honestly say that all of my memories of being a student at 
NSU are great," Brown said. "I marvel at the way our coaches were 
able to create the perfect environment for all of us to succeed. 
Coaches Leon Johnson, Steve Thomas, Chris Maggio, Dean Johnson 
and others were wonderful to work with." 

"They were so knowledgeable and gifted in their abilities but, at 
the same time, compassionate and caring. They were more concerned 
with my development and growth as an individual more so than as 
an athlete. To this day, as I continue to coach young men and women, 
I still try to utilize many of the skills, philosophies and approaches 
that Leon exemplified." 

Brown won the 1989 U.S. Outdoor Championships and the 1990 
NCAA Indoor Championships while competing as a Demon. After 
completing a degree in industrial technology he began to pursue a 
career in athletics and competed internationally as a high jumper. 

When an injury left Brown temporarily unable to compete he began 
working as a graduate assistant coach and completed his Master's 
of Public Administration at the University of Missouri. 

Stacy Taff Omo is an IT security specialist at 
the United States Air Force Academy. She is 
married to Alan W. Omo ('94) and lives in 
Monument, Colo. 


Terri Lynne Smart Duhon is a fourth grade 
teacher at Bryan Independent School 
District. She is married and lives in Bryan, 

Sean Huggins is a captain in the United 
States Army and stationed at Fort Hood in 
Killeen, Texas. 

Steven De Wayne Miller is the head track and 
assistant football coach at Olive Branch 
High School. He is married and lives in 
Olive Branch, Miss. 

In 1996, Brown once again began competing. He won the Milrose 
Games in 1997, was second at the 1998 U.S. Indoor Championships 
and third at the 1998 U.S. Outdoor Championships. 

In 1998 Brown and his family made the move to Drake University 
where he and his wife. Silver Olympic Medalist Natasha Kaiser 
Brown, are both coaching. He is currently working on his doctorate. 

"Personally and career-wise, NSU will always be a part of who I 
am," Brown said. "I'll never forget the moments I shared as a student 
and as an athlete. I am proud to be an alumnus and will try to be an 
ambassador of our great university and the fantastic 'City of Lights.'" 

Alumni Columns Fall 2003/ 14 

Class Notes/Prohles 


Jennifer Bumm Alleman is a family nurse 
practitioner at the Allergy and Asthma Clinic 
of Southern New Mexico. She is married 
and lives in Las Cruces, N.M. 

Joseph Max Bamett is a urology specialist 
for Merck Pharmaceuticals and captain and 
commander for the Army Reserves. He is 
currently on active duty in the Middle East, 
where he is commander of B-Co 489"" EN 
BN U.S. Army Reserves. He is married to 
Courtney Melaina Schexnayder Bamett ('97) 
and lives in Cabot, Ark. 

James E. "Eddie" Foust is a project manager 
for Highland Homes Holdings. He is 
married to Andrea Gibson Foust ("95) and 
lives in Little Elm, Texas. 

Carrie Ann Clark Hitt is director of bands at 
Cathedral Carmel Catholic School, married 
and lives in Lafayette. 


Katherine Carderara Bennett is a technology 
teacher at Alexandria Middle Magnet 
School, married and lives in Pineville. 

Merrick Elizabeth Weston Morrow is a 
seventh grade teacher for the DeSoto County 

School District. She is married and lives in 


Jeremy Talton will be starting law school in 
the fall at Southern Methodist University 
and lives in Dallas. 

Melodi Crowson is an office coordinator- 
commissioner for the Louisiana Department 
of Insurance and lives in Baton Rouge. 

Tammy Joan ("TJ"") Marsh is an athletic 
trainer for Jamestown Regional Medical 
Center and lives in Cookeville, Tenn. 

Len Bryan is a teacher and coach at Keller 
Middle School. He is married and lives in 
Keller, Texas. 

Dwanna Fobbs Sowell is an accountant at 
AIM Investments and lives in Houston. 

Donald Hardin is a band director for the 
Kilgore Independent School District, 
member of the East Texas Symphonic Band 
and the Texas Bandmasters Association. He 
lives in Longview. Texas. 

Sherry Verdel Browning was recently 
inducted into Chi Sigma lota, the Counseling 
Academic and Professional Honor Society 
International, Omega Mu Chapter. She is 
married and lives in Virginia. 


Clint R. Magana is employed with the US 
Army as an OR nurse and is presently on 
active duty with the 21" combat support 
hospital. He is married to Danielle Magana 
('00) and lives in San Antonio. 

Clay Scott Bowlin is an insurance producer 
for Farm Bureau in Desoto Parish. He is 
married to Aimee Mayeux Bowlin ("98) and 
lives in Keithville. 

Patrick Brown is an assistant supply officer 
for the U.S. Navy. He is stationed in Japan 
on the USS John S. McCain. 

Rebecca Lloyd is a research scientist at 
Battelle Memorial Institute and lives in 
Springfield, Va. 

Jenny L. Criswell Musumeche is a registered 
nurse for Advantage Nursing Services. She 
is married and lives in Youngsville. 

Dominic Koon is a logistics manager for 
Nokia, married and lives in Corinth. Texas. 


Chad Everett Franklin is a manager for 
FedEx. He is married to Kelly Cobb 
Franklin ("99) and lives in Alexandria. 

Daphne Roxann Nolen is a teacher at East 
Beauregard High School and lives in Pitkin. 

Angela Rene Self Hayes is a fourth grade 
teacher at Winntleld Intermediate School. 
She is married and lives in Winnfield. 


Jill Morgan works in sales at Lord and 
Taylor in Houston and lives in Houston. 

Timothy Wiley is employed by 
TrafficLeader Inc. as an agency specialist. 
He is married and lives in Eugene, Ore. 

Allyson Renee Murrell is a kindergarten 
teacher at Estherwood Elementary in Acadia 
Parish and lives in Crowley. 

Kacey Angel Roberts is a radiologic 
technologist at Lane Memorial Hospital in 
Zachary. and lives in St. Francisville. 

Alicia Suzanne Craig is graduate assistant 
for NSU Alumni Association and lives in 

Mary Francis Gates Guin is a social worker 
at Southeast Louisiana Hospital. She is 
married to Jerrod Cane Guin ("02) and lives 
in Baton Rouge. 

Angela M. Scott recently graduated from the 
Basic Hospital Corps School at Naval 
Hospital Corps School in Great Lakes, 111. 

Gina Prince is employed by New Iberia 
Recreation Department as a recreation 
specialist and lives in New Iberia. 


Clint P. Sanford is an educator for the 
Beauregard Parish School Board. He is 
married to Kathryn Sanford (02) and lives 
in Sulphur. 

LaTessa D. Allen is a program specialist and 
social worker for the Volunteers of America, 
and lives in Alexandria. 

Chen Xiao is currently attending graduate 
school at the University of Augsburg and 
lives in Augsburg, Germany. 

Jerrod Cane Guin is an industrial engineer 
intern for Walmart Stores, Inc. He is 
married to Mary Frances Guin (01) and 
lives in Baton Rouge. 

Jennifer Rachelle Field Mabou is an agency 
executive assistant for State Farm Insurance 
Companies. She is married to Courtney B. 
Mabou ("02) and lives in Sulphur. 


James Clements is a programmer analyst for 
Tyco Plastics and Adhesives and lives in 



Marilyn Anne Richard Hillman, 

Shreveport, August 1 1. 2003 
Royce O. Willis, Maryville. Tenn.. 

November 14. 2002 
Rena Norsworthy Buckley, 

Natchitoches, June 8, 2003 
'35 Dudley Gilbert Fulton, 

Natchitoches, August, 2003 
"35 Gwendolyn Lavender Trosclair, 

Sulphur, May 14,2003 
"66 Charles Chester Clark, Shreveport, 

February 2, 2003 

Alumni Columns Fall 2003 / 15 

Class Notes/ Profiles 

Looking bacK 

Northwestern 's first Gulf States Conference crown, an offer to the Shrimp Bowl and a Coach of the Year all defined the 
legendary 1953 Demon football team. The team of outstanding athletes set a precedent for future Demons and hailed 
bragging rights for their accomplishments. 

The 1953 team placed three players on the All-GSC team; Don Millen. John Abies and Bob Tatum. It was no surprise when 
Coach Harry "Rags" Turpin was honored as Coach of the Year in the GSC as he gave much of the credit to his assistants Walter 
Ledet, Charles Thomas and Alvin Brown. 

One former player remembers the close-knit team with fond memories. 

"That was a special group," said Dr. Dan Carr. "We came together and had a lot of good games. One of my memories with 
the team was the dorm life. Our dorm mother, Mrs. Webber, made it like a home rather than a dorm. That seemed to bring us 
closer together." 

For their golden anniversary the "greatest team that ever won the GSC title at NSC" will reunite during NSU's 
Homecoming activities to share memories and swap stories of the great athletes of their time. For more information contact the 
NSU Alumni Association at (888) 799-6486 or (318) 357-4414. 

Guess Who? 

Can you guess the names of these two 1953 
football captains? If so, please contact the 
Office of Alumni Affairs at (318) 357-4414 
or (888) 799-6486. The first five people to 
call with the correct answers will win a prize! 

Alumni Columns Fall 2003 / 16 

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Lady Demons v. Duke Blue Devils 
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Watch NSU's La'Terrica Dobin, Diamond Cosby and Katherine Grieder play their friend, Alana Beard, 
Duke's consensus AII-American, in their hometown. Stay and watch Mike McConathy's men's team 
finish off the double header against Troy State, a 2003 NCAA Final Four Tournament team. 

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